Global Running Day June 6, 2018

May 29, 2018 | Reagan

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Global Running Day is on June 6, 2018 and is a worldwide celebration of running that encourages everyone to get moving! It doesn’t matter how fast you run or how far you go — what’s important is that you take part, and how you do it is up to you. 


Now for those of you who are thinking I don't run, give me a moment to change your mind. Running doesn't have to be the marathon-training, ultra-regimented, headphones in and little water bottle fanny-pack approach. It can be whatever you want it to be! You can incorporate it into your already established fitness regime or you can just step out your front door and run down the street. The true beauty of running is you can just start doing it and you can always fit it in.

Outside of the obvious health benefits of running, including strengthening muscles & cardiovascular fitness, did you know there are some serious wellness benefits to running? Here are just a few to pique your interest:

  1. Runner's high is real  Running
  2. It can be a form of meditation 
  3. It keeps you sharper as you age 
  4. It increases your creativity
  5. It helps you sleep better

If I have convinced you to get up and try a run on June 6th (or any other day), then I've done my job! If you're already a runner and didn't know about this healthy holiday, mark your calendars! If you're looking to get inspired about running, check out these resources: 

Boston the documentary

Boston: The Documentary (DVD)

By Matt Damon & Jon Dunham

The history of the Boston Marathon from its humble origins starting with only 15 runners, to the first female runners, through the tragedy in 2013, and ultimately the triumph of 2014.

Mindful running

Mindful Running: How Meditative Running can Improve Performance and Make You a Happier, More Fulfilled Person

By Mackenzie L. Havey

"Mindful Running" brings together scientific research, expert analysis and elite athlete contributions to reveal how relating to your mind, body and surroundings in a new way can help you run longer and faster, as well as offer a boost to your overall mental, emotional and physical health.

Let your mind run

Let Your Mind Run: A Memoir of Thinking My Way to Victory

By Deena Kastor and Michelle Hamilton

"Let Your Mind Run" is a granular look inside the mind of an elite athlete, a remarkable story of achievement, and a fascinating primer on how the small steps of cultivating positivity can lead to outsize gains in performance

Book | eBook

Running is my therapy

Running is My Therapy: Relieve Stress and Anxiety, Fight Depression, Ditch Bad Habits, and Live Happier

By Scott Douglas

There's no other book like this. Longtime running writer Scott Douglas marshals expert advice (especially his own, cultivated from more than 110,000 miles of personal experience) and a growing body of scientific research to show how running can make us happier.

Book | eBook

The 30-minute runner

The 30-Minute Runner: Smart Training for Busy Beginners

By Duncan Larkin & Dr. Mike Moreno

Everything in the book, including training schedules, techniques and tips, is put forth purely in terms of minutes spent running, without any goal paces to worry about, mileage to keep track of, or anything to measure other than time spent out on the roads and trails. The book focuses on how to maximize those 30 critical minutes in order to achieve two primary goals: shedding extra pounds and completing a 5K race.


The end of the world run club 

The End of the World Running Club

By Adrian J. Walker

Edgar Hill is 35, overweight, an underperforming husband and reluctant father. After a catastrophic asteroid strike, Edgar and his family find refuge in an Edinburgh army barracks. Returning from a salvage run, Edgar finds his family gone, taken to the south coast for evacuation by an international task force. Edgar must race across the 550 miles of wasteland to find the people he loves before he loses them forever.

Book | eBook | Large Print Book | eAudiobook | CD Talking Book (restricted to print disabled patrons)

Now get out there and go for a run, friends!

Running with a pooch